Retd SC judge KT Thomas refuses to head Lokpal search panel

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 4 2014, 10:40am hrs
In yet another embarrassment to the government, former Supreme Court judge KT Thomas on Monday turned down the offer to head Lokpal search committee, days after jurist Fali Nariman opted out of the panel.

I have written to the PMO expressing disinclination to head the Lokpal search committee," Thomas said on phone from Kottayam, Kerala.

"The reason is that when I went through the rules, our committee which is called the search committee was to recommend names to select a panel. The select committee need or need not accept those names. So it was not worth while to have this search committee," the former judge said.

When asked whether the recent refusal from Nariman to be part of the search committee had any role to play in his decision, Thomas said, "It was not for the same reason". "It (Nariman's refusal) became a point to go through the rules whether it was worth while to be on the committee or not," he said.

Thomas was a judge in the apex court between March 29, 1996 to January 1, 2002.

Fali Nariman had recently also refused to be part of the Lokpal search panel, voicing fears that the best will be overlooked by the multi-layered procedure.